Annotated Bibliography Professional References

Programming/Teaching Materials

Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children (Keepers of the Earth) by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

Dennis, Y. & Hirschfelder, A., “Children of Native America Today.”  Watertown, MA, Charlesridge.  2003.  Ages 7 and up, 64pp.

Filled with photos of each of the tribes discussed, this book truly gives a view of Indian life today, showing children being children – not Indian children, not white children, just children.

Griffin-Pierce, T.,  “The Encyclopedia of Native America.”  New York, Michael Freedman. 2005.  Ages 8 and up, 192 pp.

Historic photographs and modern images document the lives of Native Americans, and create a visual reference for information seekers. Useful for dispelling stereotypes and for helping Indian children find themselves through their past.

Hirschfelder, H. & Beamer, Y., “Native Americans Today: Resources and activities for educators Grades 4-8”.  Englewood, CO, Teacher Ideas Press. 2000.  Grades 4-8 (ages 8-14) 243pp.

A very useful book for those with Indian children in the classroom or library, for it is aimed at that group.  The book has some good parts, but on the whole, much of it is too long for younger elementary school age children, aimed at grades 5 and up (11-16)

Slapin, B. & Seales, D.,  “Through Indian Eyes: The Native American Experience in Books for Children.”  Berkely, CA, Oyate. 1999  246 pp.

An excellent resource, Through Indian Eyes gives reviews of problematic books, the Oyate criteria for discerning which are problematic and why, and websites to use for further information.

Thompson, S.E., “Holiday Symbols and Customs.”  Detroit, MI., Omnigraphics.  2003

This book is available in a few different editions, and is an invaluable reference for the librarian or teacher.  The book gives holiday information for many different groups.  There is always a party going on somewhere!

Trottier, M., “Native Crafts: Inspired by North America’s First Peoples.”  Niagara, NY, Kids Can Press, Ltd.  2000.

The crafts in this book are inspired by Native people, with little blurbs about from which tribe or tribes the crafts came.  The skill levels and equipment are geared towards middle school or higher, and would be more appropriate for an art class which could take several weeks to complete a project.  With some imagination, however, some of the crafts could be adapted to elementary school age children. There are some problem crafts, notable making drums and peacepipe, both of which are sacred to the Indians

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